The Life

Malcolm Knox

RRP: £8.99

1 May 2012

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742377612

RRP: £5.99

1 January 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742695235

He looked into the Pacific and the Pacific looked back into him.

Now bloated and paranoid, former champion surfer and legend Dennis Keith is holed up in a retirement village, trying not to think about the waves he’d made his own and the breaks he once ruled like a god.

Years before he’d been robbed of the world title that had his name on it – and then drugs, his family, and the disappearance of his girlfriend had done the rest. Out of the blue, a young would-be biographer comes knocking and stirs up memories he thought he’d buried. It takes Dennis a while to realise that she’s not there to write his story at all.

Funny, heartbreaking and humane, The Life confirms what the Literary Review has known all along – ‘Knox is, quite simply, a fabulous writer.’